AK-47 Fired In Car Chase

Attempted Murder of Spartanburg Deputies

Stacie Bartro
November 22, 2019 - 10:26 am
High Speed Car Chase, Spartanburg

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A July 2018 high speed car chase with Deputies lands a woman 22 years in jail.

Jodi Lea Stapleton pled guilty to 3 counts of attempted murder along with other charges Thursday after leading deputies on a high speed car chase last year on Old Converse Road that spilled over to Mount Pleasant Road.  Stapleton's passenger at the time, Jurrell Thompson of Spartanburg, opened the sunroof on the vehicle and started shooting at pursuing deputies with an AK-47 style rifle. 

Both Stapleton and Thompson were wanted by Authorities.

Stapleton's criminal record dates back to 2007 for multiple drug and traffic offenses.

Attempted murder charges against Jurrell Thompson are still pending.  He is currently locked up at the Spartanburg County jail with no bond.  

Jodi Stapleton, 22 year prison sentence

Official Press Release from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office:

A Spartanburg woman received a 22-year prison sentence today for her role in a high-speed car chase where an AK-47 style rifle was used to shoot at the pursuing sheriff’s deputies.

Jodi Lea Stapleton, 36, pleaded guilty to 3 counts of attempted murder and an unrelated breach of trust, drug and unlawful neglect of a child charges.

On July 18, 2018, deputies attempted a traffic stop on the car Stapleton was driving on Highway 29 near Old Converse Road.

Deputies attempted the traffic stop with hopes of arresting Stapleton and her passenger, both of whom were wanted.

Stapleton failed to stop for the blue lights and led deputies on a pursuit on Old Converse Road.

The passenger opened the sunroof of Stapleton’s car and used AK-47 style rifle to fire multiple rounds at the pursuing deputies.

The passenger jumped out of the fleeing vehicle after Stapleton turned on Mount Pleasant Road.

Stapleton abandoned the car a short distance later and ran to a nearby residence where she was found hiding under covers in a bedroom. The passenger was also taken into custody nearby.

Multiple 7.62 rounds were recovered on the route of the pursuit. The rifle was also recovered, along with the empty magazine.

Multiple sheriff’s office vehicles as well as businesses and homes of innocent citizens were damaged during the pursuit.

Stapleton’s prior criminal dated back to 2007 with multiple convictions for drug and traffic offenses.

Attempted murder and drug charges are still pending against Stapleton’s passenger, Jurrell Thompson, 34, of Spartanburg.

Thompson is detained in the Spartanburg County jail with no bond.

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